United States v. Scott, No. 15-2405 (1st Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court accepting Defendant’s unconditional plea of guilty to wire fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering and sentencing Defendant to 135 months of imprisonment. On appeal, Defendant argued, among other things, that the government unfairly procured his guilty plea by misusing information he provided during proffer sessions. The First Circuit held (1) it was not clear or obvious that Defendant’s plea was the involuntary product of impermissible government malfeasance under Ferrara v. United States, 456 F.3d 278 (1st Cir. 2006); and (2) Defendant’s sentence was neither procedurally nor substantively unreasonable.